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Isilon Upgrades OneFS, SyncIQ for Scale-Out NAS

SEATTLE -- June 9, 2009 -- Isilon Systems, the proven leader in scale-out NAS, today announced two major software upgrades that significantly enhance the applicability of scale-out NAS for enterprise data storage requirements. With new versions of its OneFS operating system and SyncIQ data replication software application, Isilon brings to market increased storage efficiency, scalability and data protection for mission-critical, file-based applications, enabling enterprises to maximize the value of their critical information while minimizing the business risk associated with large and rapidly growing data stores. Isilon also today announced that J. Craig Venter Institute, Rhythm and Hues and Deakin University are among customers using the new solutions to power a wide range of file-based data applications.

"Enterprise data storage requirements are rapidly converging with the hallmark benefits of scale-out NAS as the continuing explosion of file-based data growth, increasing reliance on virtualization, and unrelenting pressure to reduce capital and operational expenditures drive enterprises further away from the limitations of traditional architectures," said Sam Grocott, senior director of product management, Isilon Systems. "Building on the broad expansion of our hardware platform announced in March, Isilon continues to advance its leadership and innovation in scale-out NAS by delivering solutions that enable greater efficiency, scalability and data protection to meet the file-based storage challenges of today's enterprise businesses."

Fueled by continuous innovation in its award-winning operating system, OneFS 5.5 delivers more than 5 petabytes (PB) of capacity, 45 Gigabytes per second (Gbps) of aggregate performance, and 1.7 million IOPS of performance in a single file system. OneFS 5.5 further extends the enterprise-readiness of Isilon's leading scale-out NAS solutions by seamlessly integrating with enterprise IT environments to deliver a robust set of data protection, security and business continuance features. With Isilon IQ and OneFS 5.5, customers can increase application performance and business productivity, while reducing storage acquisition and management costs.

In addition, Isilon's new SyncIQ 2.5 provides increased speed, intelligence and efficiency, enabling fast, highly-reliable data replication for enterprise IT environments.

"Enterprise businesses continue to face two major challenges accentuated by the current economic climate - decreasing budgets and increasing needs for greater storage capacity," said Pushan Rinnen, research director, Gartner. "While traditional architectures were not designed to deliver cost-effective scalability and ongoing ease of management, scale-out NAS offers non-disruptive scalability and flexibility in capacity and performance management for file-based data. These unique characteristics make scale-out NAS a compelling alternative to traditional storage, especially as file-based data growth continues to drive enterprise data storage priorities."

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